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Census workers count residents at Will County Office Building Oct. 2 and 5

Shown is an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Glenside, Pa., on March 19.
Shown is an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Glenside, Pa., on March 19.

Will County residents who have yet to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census will have an opportunity to do so at the Will County Office Building in the coming days.

U.S. Census representatives will be in front of the county building, located at 302 N. Chicago St. in Joliet, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and Monday, according to a county news release.

Will County Executive Denise Winfrey, D-Joliet, encouraged all residents to get counted before the Oct. 31 deadline.

"The Census is critical in determining fair representation in the United States Congress, obtaining equitable federal funding, and also important to attract future development to Will County," Winfrey said in the release. "We want to count everyone in Will County because everyone counts."

As of Tuesday, Will County's self-response rate stood at 78.2%, which outpaces the state's overall self-response rate of 71%. Still, local activists have focused on "hard to count" areas, specifically in parts of Joliet with predominately Black and Latino residents, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges.

For more information about how to complete the census online, by phone or mail, visit 2020census.gov.

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